Parametric Study of Ground-Track Based Performance Measure Requirements for the Optimization of Near Earth Twin-Spacecrafts Trajectory
Parametric optimization study is carried out on performance measure for assessing the benefits of relevant ground-track parameters and Instantaneous Overlap Area (IOA) in near earth and near-equatorial twin-satellite formation flying to explore its potential as space platform oriented towards Tropical Resources and Environment Monitoring mission. The present study also emphasizes two aspects: the dynamics of relative motion of multiple spacecrafts and the desirable ground tracks such missions. Relative motion dynamics incorporating Clohessy-Wiltshire Equation for circular orbits is used as a reference. The performance metric is synthesized as a tradeoff between exact definition and intuitive judgment.
R. Varatharajoo, E. J. Abdullah, D. L. Majid, F. I. Romli, A. S. Mohd Rafie and K. A. Ahmad
H. Djojodihardjo et al., "Parametric Study of Ground-Track Based Performance Measure Requirements for the Optimization of Near Earth Twin-Spacecrafts Trajectory", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 225, pp. 429-436, 2012